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Comic Book Earrings

By Paper Crafts Contributor, Lauren Romano.

If you’re a huge fan of comics, why shouldn’t you make them part of your wardrobe? Of course you can showcase the designs on shirts, but it would be much more interesting to wear them as jewelry. These comic book earrings are easy to make and would add a unique touch to your outfit.

What you’ll need:

Step 1. Choose comic book pictures that you want to use as designs for your earrings.

Step 2. Using Mod Podge, attach the images to cardstock, then carefully flatten them down removing all the air bubbles.

Step 3. Put Mod Podge over the front of the images as a sealant. Try to do it as quick as possible so as to not leave fingerprint marks in the glue.

Step 4. After the earrings dry, use the circle punch to cut out two circles.

Step 5. Use the small hole punch to make a small hole at the top of each circle.

Step 6. Use the needle nose pliers to slightly pry open the jump rings, then loop one through each hole.

Step 7. Loop the end of an earring hook through each jump ring, then use the needle nose pliers to close the jump rings.

Sand Bowl

By Paper Crafts Contributor, Lauren Romano.

You can make a bowl from a lot of things, but did you know you can make one out of sand? It’s a great way to use sand from your favorite beach vacation spot to create a souvenir. All you need is a handful of items to make the beautiful piece that can be used to shells or other beach finds.

What you’ll need:

Step 1. Choose a bowl that is going to serve as the base of your sand bowl.

Step 2. Wrap the outside of the bowl in plastic wrap. Smooth out all of the wrinkles and bumps so it’s a completely even surface or you can leave a few seamed lines so it resembles the natural lines created in the sand from the waves. Push the end of the plastic wrap into the inside of the bowl.

Step 3. Find a disposable bowl you won’t mind throwing out after use.

Step 4. Place your base bowl upside down on a vinyl placemat. It allows the glue and sand to stick to it, dry on and easily peel off or wash off with a little scrubbing.

Step 5. In your disposable bowl, mix together the glue and sand using a popsicle stick until you have a consistency that is thick but that you can still pour.

Step 6. Pour the glue mix over the bowl. Don’t worry if you don’t pour it completely even, gravity will pull it down and even it out.

Step 7. After about 3 hours, pour more glue over the bowl so it creates another layer. Repeat the process again in a few more hours.

Step 8. Let the bowl sit for a full day. Avoid moving it while it’s drying or you could make marks in the glue.

Step 9. Lift the bowl, then very carefully peel the plastic wrap off.

Step 10. Use scissors to cut away any ragged edges on your sand bowl.

Flower Magnet

By Paper Crafts Contributor, Lauren Romano.

Faux flowers are long-lasting decorative pieces that can brighten up the look of an entire room. Although they’re typically displayed in a vase, they can also make excellent magnets. With only a few materials and a little effort, you can transform the look of a plain, boring fridge into one that resembles a blooming garden.

What you’ll need:

Step 1. Choose faux flowers that are small-to-medium in size.

Step 2. Pull the head off the stem, then use the scissors to cut down the stem stub as flat as possible.

Step 3. Should you have a problem getting the stub flat enough, sand it down a bit with sandpaper.

Step 4. Use Krazy glue to attach the flower to the magnet. Hold it down in place for a minute until it dries in place.

Step 5. Test out the flower magnet by pulling on the flower to ensure it’s stuck in place.

Jar Lid Magnet

By Paper Crafts Contributor, Lauren Romano.

Chances are you go through a jar or two a week and throw out the lids, but a better option is to create magnets from them. They’re super-easy to make and it’s a great way to reuse items you would otherwise toss in the trash. They’ll help your fridge look bright and lovely instead of boring and plain.

Craft Supplies:

Step 1. Choose your embellishment, then choose paper that complements it.

Step 2. Trace the jar lid onto the paper, then cut it out.

Step 3. Trim the edges a bit until it fits inside the jar lid.

Step 4. When you know the paper fits, take it out, cover the inside of the lid with Mod Podge, then place the paper back into place.

Step 5. Starting from the middle, press down and work your way to the edges to flatten out any air bubbles.

Step 6. Use Mod Podge to attach the embellishment to the middle of the paper. Hold it in place a minute or two until it sticks.

Scrapbook Paper Envelopes

By Paper Crafts Contributor, Lauren Romano.

Let’s face it; white envelopes are completely boring. When you took the time to pick out and write a card to send to someone special, why should it have to go in a plain envelope? Making your own floral envelope sends a bright touch of summer and a nice surprise right into the mailbox of the recipient. The envelope is incredibly easy to make, inexpensive and you can tailor it exactly to the recipient’s style.

What you’ll need:

Step 1. Choose whether you want to send a card or letter envelope, then open it up and lay it flat.

Step 2. Trace the open envelope onto the back of your scrapbook paper.

Step 3. Cut out the envelope shape from the paper. Be careful to cut the edges exactly so they line up correctly when you fold it into shape.

Step 4. Fold the envelope into shape. Crease the edges so they’re crisp and easy to fold.

Step 5. Put a very light layer of Mod Podge along the bottom edges of the side triangles, then fold the bottom triangle up so the pieces overlap. Press firmly so they stick together.

Step 6. After you let the envelope dry for awhile, run your hand through it to ensure that the inside front of the envelope isn’t sticking to the inside back of it.

Step 7. Use what’s left of your scrapbook paper to make an address section for your envelope, then adhere it onto the front.

Step 8. Attach your embellishments, but make sure they are firmly stuck down otherwise they could get ripped off and damaged during the delivery process.

 

American Crafts Vellum Candle Holder

By Paper Crafts Contributor, Lauren Romano.

As much as I love decorating my own candle holders, once they’re decorated that’s it; there’s no interchanging designs. Then I was introduced to the American Crafts Dear Lizzy Vellum Paper. It’s smooth and plastic-type surface allows you to interchange candle holder “covers” as you so desire. The covers are super easy to make and take mere minutes to create one you’ll love.

What you’ll need:

Step 1: Line the paper flush against the base of the candle holder, then trim it as close to size as possible on the top while overlapping the ends by only an inch or less.

Step 2: Pull the paper as tight as possible, then use a few drops of Mod Podge to seal the ends together. Make sure it doesn’t stick to the candle holder.

Step 3: After the glue dries, hold the paper still while you use scissors to even out the rest of the excess paper on the top.

Step 4: Place a matching sticker onto the front of the candle holder.

Step 5: Put a candle in the candle holder.

What I love about this paper is that at any time you can pull off the candle holder cover you just made and interchange it with a different one without damaging it. It’s a great way to save money while still having the style you want.

Self-Adhesive Custom Magnets

By Paper Crafts Contributor, Lauren Romano.

Refrigerators look so boring without beautiful magnets to dress them up. These magnets comprised of (reproduced) vintage images of ballerinas are perfect options. They take a bit of effort to make, but they’re worth it to change the look of your fridge.

What you’ll need:

Step 1. Choose vintage images of ballerinas. They don’t have to be original images. I chose mine from a sheet of reproduction photos.

Step 2. Cut the image to the size you want.

Step 3. Attach the image to a piece of white cardstock, then trim it to size.

Step 4. Place the image in a laminator sheet, then place it in the laminator sealed side first. While it’s going through, hold the end tight so it goes through evenly and will decrease the chances of bubbles.

Step 5. Trim the laminator sheet so only a thin clear border remains around the image.

Step 6. Attach a self-adhesive magnet to the back. Trim the magnet first if necessary.

 

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